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Two jars of pickled food

Can You Pickle That?

There is more to a jar of pickles than some dill and a batch of small cucumbers. In fact, you can pickle just about everything that you grew in your summertime garden. Things like beets, green beans, and sliced peaches can all be pickled and canned, making this an easy way to store fruits and […]

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Man making cheese

How to Make Your Own Cheese

There are several different types of cheese that you can make yourself. These include Ricotta, Cottage cheese, Mascarpone, Mozzarella and Yogurt cheese, to name a few. Making your own cheese can be tricky, and takes some time to fully learn, but once you have mastered it, you will (almost) never have to purchase cheese from […]

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U.S.D.A. Agriculture Zones for Amateurs

To make purchasing trees, shrubs, flowering plants and vegetables easier on people who want to overhaul their gardens or become self-sufficient, the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) has divided the country up into 13 hardiness zones. These zones are determined by the lowest average temperature, and are color-coded to make it easier to figure […]

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Start with Seeds!

At some part in your quest to be self sufficient, you will begin to use seeds you save from last year’s garden.  This is a significant step.  But, growing from seed uses an extra skill or two.  You will know how hearty your seedlings will be by the size of their seeds.  If the seed […]

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